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verb (used without object), a·pol·o·gized, a·pol·o·giz·ing.
  1. to offer an apology or excuse for some fault, insult, failure, or injury: He apologized for accusing her falsely.
  2. to make a formal defense in speech or writing.
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Also especially British, a·pol·o·gise.

Origin of apologize

First recorded in 1590–1600; apolog(y) + -ize
Related formsa·pol·o·giz·er, nounre·a·pol·o·gize, verb (used with object), re·a·pol·o·gized, re·a·pol·o·giz·ing.un·a·pol·o·giz·ing, noun
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Examples from the Web for apologising

Historical Examples

  • He would not give his mates the pain of refusing or of apologising.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • I will go and tell her, certainly; but as for apologising to Krumm, that is absurd!

  • "I was very little," said Cricket, blushing and apologising.

    Cricket at the Seashore

    Elizabeth Westyn Timlow

  • Apologising for this necessary digression, we return to Joe Corney.

    Fighting the Flames

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Apologising for this reminiscence, we return to the thread of our story.

    The Buffalo Runners

    R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for apologising



verb (intr)
  1. to express or make an apology; acknowledge failings or faults
  2. to make a formal defence in speech or writing
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Derived Formsapologizer or apologiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for apologising



1590s, "to speak in defense of;" see apology + -ize. Main modern sense "to regretfully acknowledge" is attested by 1725. The Greek equivalent, apologizesthai, meant simply "to give an account." Related: Apologized; apologizing.

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